The House Theatre of Chicago has revealed the lineup for its 2016–17 season, the company's 15th. The slate includes two new works, the now-perennial Nutcracker and a remount of 2005's The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz.
The season opens with Kara Davidson's A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch, about an orphan who comes under the employ of an eccentric puppeteer; Shade Murray directs (September 2–October 23). The House's version of The Nutcracker then returns for a seventh year (November 4–December 30).
Next up is a to-be-announced science-fiction horror adaptation—rights are still being negotiated—by Steve Pickering and Shanghai Low Theatricals, directed by Nathan Allen (January 13–March 5). Phillip Klapperich's Oz adaptation closes out the season (March 17–May 7). All four shows will be produced at the Chopin Theatre. The House also puts its name on Dennis Watkins's open-ended run of The Magic Parlor at the Palmer House Hilton.